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June 14, 2005

SCOTUS marijuana decision may affect Insisted Suicide laws

From LifeNews:

A Supreme Court ruling earlier this month allowing the federal government to prosecute patients who use marijuana prescribed by doctors for medical purposes could fortell a decision in a similar case about whether the government can stop the use of federally controlled drugs in assisted suicides.

The court's 6-3 decision in favor of the Justice Department puts the nation's high court squarely behind the ability of the federal government to enforce drug laws.

That's what the Bush administration wants with regard to drugs used in assisted suicides....

Both cases focus on the extent of enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft has interpreted it as disallowing the use of federally controlled drugs in assisted suicides because the drugs are not used for a legitimate medical purpose. All of the assisted suicides in the state of Oregon have involved such drugs.

Interesting tactic. This may save more lives than just those who would have become enslaved to drugs.

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 14, 2005 07:02 AM

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